Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)
The Summer Work Experience Program is a wage subsidy program that provides up to Ontario’s existing minimum wage for 30 to 40 hours per week, payable to the client by the partner employer.
- The typical work experience for high school students is 8 weeks.
- The typical work experience for post-secondary students is 12-14 weeks.
- The typical wage for work experience participants is the current Ontario general minimum wage ($14.00 as of January 2018).
- Youth work experience may result in an offer of employment from the employer.
- Each participant is expected to meet their Youth Service Officer at least twice (up to a maximum of six times) during each work placement to ensure a positive relationship between the employer and client.
- To meet minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements you must be:
- A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
- Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).
- Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).
- 15 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection.
- A desire to learn, participate and accomplish personal career goals.
- Currently enrolled in full-time studies and returning to school the following fall (high school, college, university, and/or private training college).
- If a previous NPAAMB client, must demonstrate successful completion of prior interventions.
- Maximum of two summer work experience internship placements per client within a three-year period.
- The placement must align with current field of study.
This program is proudly sponsored by the Government of Canada
This program has worked with the following employers:
Aboriginal Health Centre
Boys and Girls Club of Niagara
Brantford Native Housing
Cambridge Pro Fab
Cdn Babbit Bearings
Drainage Investment Group
Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Friends of Fort Erie Creek
Ganawageh Native Homes
Habitat for Humanity – St. Catharines and Hamilton
Hamilton Native Women’s Centre
Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
Healing of the Seven Generations
John Noble Home
KW Working Centre for the Unemployed
Niagara Chapter of Native Women
Niagara Native Centre
Niwasa Head Start
Old Bank Bistro
Six Nations Public Works
Start Me Up Niagara
Under the Rainbow Childcare Centre
University of Waterloo
Urban Native Housing
Victim Services of Brant
Wilfred Laurier University
Woodland Culture Centre
|Starts||October 30, 2018|
Job start supports could include:
Employment retention supports could include:
How to Apply
To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer for an application package. Please note that NPAAMB requires all applicants to submit a program application with a written proposal prior to being considered for labour market program funding. The Youth Service Officer’s will assist clients with the completion of some components of the application.
- Project and objectives – Completed by Youth Service Officer
- Proposed activities and timelines
- Targeted participants: Identify qualities that make this individual a suitable candidate.
- Targeted outcome and benefits to urban Aboriginal community and youth – Completed by the employer.
- Means of measuring success – completed by Youth Service Officer.
- Commitment letter: Identifying how this position can lead to permanent employment for this client.
- Completed NPAAMB registration form, completed action plan, updated resume and cover letter and copies of certificates of training.
Make sure you include all supporting documents as outlined above. Failure to provide supporting documents will delay application process. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for review and approval process. Applicants will be contacted by their Youth Service Officer.